Grinnell, IA
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Grinnell is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 9,141 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Grinnell is the 42nd largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Grinnell is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grinnell is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grinnell who work in office and administrative support (13.25%), teaching (11.01%), and food service (10.99%).

Also of interest is that Grinnell has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Grinnell telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.17% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Grinnell is a college town. There are a lot of students in Grinnell attending college, and as a result Grinnell provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Grinnell spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.89 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Grinnell is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.19% of adults in Grinnell have a college degree.

The per capita income in Grinnell in 2010 was $23,863, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,452 for a family of four. However, Grinnell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Grinnell is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Grinnell home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grinnell residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Grinnell include Irish, English, Dutch, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Grinnell is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Japanese.

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